If a war broke out between NATO and Russia, a professional army would not be sufficient to meet the tasks. In an interview with CTK news agency, the Czech Republic will at least need to conduct selective mobilization, said Major General Karel Řegka, chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army.
,[В случае войны с Россией] The whole society has to be involved, it has to be mobilized at least selectively, be it people or material resources,” he said. According to the Chief of the General Staff, the Czech Republic could become a legitimate target for Russia, as allied forces would advance on its territory.
The Czech Republic should learn lessons from Russia’s war with Ukraine and involve not only the military but all of society in the country’s defense, Rzegka said. In his opinion, Ukrainians were able to defend themselves from Russia at the beginning of the war because they were ready, united as a society and ready to defend the values that were dear to them at any cost. “Let’s not depend on someone else to do things for us. Above all, we must remain determined and prepared,” he said.
Řegka also called Rossi a potential opponent for the Czech Republic. “If in the near future we are potentially at war with anyone in a major war other than a few terrorist groups, it would be Russia,” he said.
The Chief of the General Staff recalled Russia’s hostile actions towards the Czech Republic. In October 2014, a powerful explosion occurred in the Czech village of Vrbetice, which destroyed more than 50 tons of ammunition. Two citizens of the Czech Republic were killed. The Czech Republic has blamed Russian intelligence services for the attack.
,[Россия] says a lot of hostile things, calls us enemies, uses hostile rhetoric towards us and becomes more and more aggressive,” Řegka added in an interview. He stressed that if Russia is successful in Ukraine He will not stop here.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has changed the thinking of Western society. NATO members, including the Czech Republic, have begun revising their strategic documents. He added that the country will adjust long-term plans to strengthen the concept of defense and the construction of the Czech army.
After the outbreak of war in Ukraine in Eastern Europe, the military industry began to grow rapidly. Poland and the Czech Republic are among the top ten countries in terms of the number of arms transferred to Ukraine. Former Warsaw Pact countries are still wary of Russia and see aid to Ukraine as a matter of regional security, twelve officials and analysts from those countries told Reuters.
Arms exports from the Czech Republic in 2022 should be the highest since 1989, Deputy Defense Minister Tomas Kopechny told the agency. By November, the country had handed over $2.1 billion in military aid to Kyiv.